Alhurra marks ninth anniversary with plunge into mobile apps

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government's international TV broadcaster in the Middle East, Alhurra, celebrates its ninth anniversary on the air on Thursday with new initiatives to reach mobile devices. First up, will be a new Alhurra app for Android-powered cell phones, according to Brian T. Conniff, President of Middle East Broadcasting, Alhurra's parent company….

Social media viewed as critical tool for cultural diplomacy

WASHINGTON – Facebook, Twitter and other digital social network tools are now integral to cultural diplomacy and arts exchanges, according to presenters at today's CCLP Washington DC "First Monday" forum. Anita Maynard-Losh, Director of Community Engagement for Washington's Arena Stage complex, said she uses Facebook to link twelve ensembles in the U.S. with four theater groups in India….

Latonero published in International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

CCLP Director of Research and Instruction Mark Latonero, and his co-author Irina Shklovski, recently had their article, "Emergency Management, Twitter, and Social Media Evangelism," published. Their piece focuses on how social media technologies, specifically Twitter, are used to communicate with emergency response organizations and to collect information. For more information please see the abstract here….

Journalists, arts organization leaders explore social media's impact on arts journalism at CCLP forum in Washington, D.C.

The impact of social media and changing audiences were primary concerns of arts journalists and leaders of cultural institutions who gathered at a Communication Leadership Policy Forum at the University of Southern California's Washington, D.C. Center on August 1. "Arts journalism is struggling for its life," said Jaime Bennett of the National Endowment for the Arts. "It's no surprise that journalists are taking to the blogosphere to share their reviews." Organized by senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III (pictured right) and Tim Page, the USC Annenberg journalism professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic for The Washington Post, the forum…